This article provides information on your grills shutdown cycle, how to use it and why it is important. The shutdown cycle looks a little differently between types of grills, so it's important to make sure you're following the correct process.
WHY IS PROPER SHUTDOWN IMPORTANT?
The shutdown cycle is crucial to the success and high-quality grill performance of your Traeger® Grill. Shutdown cycles prevent future adverse effects and get your grill properly set up for the next cook. Always initiate a shutdown cycle after each and every cook. The shutdown cycle minimizes your risk for future adverse events like backburn.
BACKBURN AND GRILL FIRES
Backburn is when the pellets in the auger ignite and begin to burn.
When a customer turns off their grill without using the shutdown feature, mechanical components like the auger stop functioning; meanwhile, the fire is still burning at full force in the firepot. This can lead to a warped auger, a jammed auger, and grill fires.
Improper shutdowns can also prevent the grill from burning off the build-up of pellets in the firepot at the end of the customer's cook. The next time the customer starts their grill, there may be too many pellets in the firepot and cause a grill fire.
HOW TO SHUT DOWN YOUR GRILL
SHUTTING DOWN A NEW TIMBERLINE
The shutdown cycle on new Timberline grills will run for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the previous set temperature.
Allow the shutdown cycle to complete for the proper operation of your grill. Do not press the main power button on the front of the grill to OFF or unplug your grill prior to completion.
To initiate a shutdown cycle, turn off your grill in one of the following three ways:
OPTION 1: PRESS AND HOLD THE DISPLAY DIAL
Press and hold the selection dial down for 3 seconds, until the screen registers and shows “SHUT DOWN CYCLE IN PROGRESS.”
OPTION 2: TURN THE DISPLAY DIAL
While setting the temperature, turn the selection dial all the way to the left and push to select SHUTDOWN.
OPTION 3: USE THE APP
Use the Traeger app to initiate the shutdown cycle on your grill from anywhere at any time.
SHUTTING DOWN A WIFIRE GRILL
The shutdown cycle on WiFIRE-enabled grills will last between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on the grill's temperature at shutdown. Once the shutdown cycle is complete, the grill will deliver a small number of pellets into the firepot to aid future cooks.
If you have a WiFIRE-enabled grill, you have two options to initiate the shutdown cycle.
OPTION 1: USE THE GRILL'S CONTROLLER
- Shut down the grill using your grill's controller.
- If your controller has an illuminated standby button, press it for 3 seconds, and the grill will enter the shutdown cycle.
- If your controller does not have a standby button, instead, you turn on your controller by pressing the selection knob, press the knob for 3 seconds, and the grill will then enter the shutdown cycle.
OPTION 2: USE THE TRAEGER APP
- Shut down the grill using the Traeger App.
- Tap the grill banner at the bottom of the app page.
- Tap the Shutdown button
- Drag the fire button down to confirm grill shutdown.
SHUTTING DOWN A NON-WIFIRE (AC) GRILL
Following a proper shutdown cycle on a non-WiFIRE grill is easy.
- If your controller has a temperature knob, turn the knob to Shut Down Cycle.
- If your controller has buttons, hold the middle button for 2 to 3 seconds.
- If your controller has a temperature knob but no shutdown cycle, turn the knob to the lowest setting with the lid closed. Turn off after 10-15 minutes.